The Swiss government has approved Lugano Airport’s plan to install more visual aids, including a lead-in light row with strobe lamps for Runway 19. This will allow waiving current low-visibility restrictions below 3,000 feet for aircraft landing under IFR and should guarantee a weather-related dispatch reliability of 99 percent, versus the current 97 percent. Airport authorities want the new installation certified and operational by October.
Instrument landing system
Certain head-up guidance systems produced by Rockwell Collins can now be used to fly to lower Category I ILS approach minimums after the company last month obtained a special authorization from the FAA’s flight technology and procedures division.
Honeywell’s SmartPath precision-landing system recently became the only ground-based augmentation system (GBAS) to receive FAA approval. GBAS monitors GPS signals to detect errors and augment accuracy by transmitting correction messages to aircraft, providing precision-approach guidance to all qualifying runways at an airport.
Honeywell’s SmartPath precision-landing system yesterday became the only ground-based augmentation system (GBAS) to receive FAA approval. GBAS monitors GPS signals to detect errors and augment accuracy by transmitting correction messages to aircraft, providing precision-approach guidance to all qualifying runways at an airport.
The recent spate of accidents in helicopter offshore oil operations has thrown safety research programs–many of which have long been under way–into the spotlight. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is working on improving the safety of offshore helicopter operations through research into satellite-guided approaches–which would rely on Egnos, Europe’s Waas counterpart–and, in case of ditching, a side-floating concept.
Yesterday at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., Garmin announced the new ADS-B-in GTS 800 and 820 traffic advisory systems (TAS) and GTS 850 TCAS. All three systems combine ADS-B and radar targets using Garmin’s Clear CAS technology. The GTS 800 offers 12-nm interrogation range and 40 Watts of transmit power and retails for $9,995; the GTS 820 ($19,995) and 850 ($23,495) deliver 250 Watts and 40-nm range.
The verdict has been in for a long time: a stabilized approach is an essential part of a safe landing.
The verdict has been in for a long time; stabilized approaches are an essential part of a safe landing.
Bombardier CL-600-2B19, Providence, R.I., Dec. 16, 2007–The NTSB determined the probable cause of the Air Wisconsin CRJ’s hard landing at Theodore Francis Green State Airport was the pilot’s attempt to salvage the landing from an instrument approach that exceeded stabilized approach criteria, resulting in a high sink rate, likely stall and hard landing that overtaxed the structural limitations of the airplane.
Eurocopter SA 365N-1D Dauphin, District Heights, Md., Sept. 27, 2008–The Maryland State Police medevac helicopter crashed in a park in District Heights, killing the commercial pilot, a paramedic, a field provider and one of the two patients aboard. The heli- copter had picked up the two auto accident victims and was flying them to a hospital.